Sensors Help With Driver Sensibility

by Ramonica R. Jones

"Don't back up, don't back up, don't back up." Mike Jones says these are the top three rules of the road for bus drivers.

The L.I.S.D transportation director says not backing up doesn't guarantee accidents won't happen.  Drivers in the Lufkin school district have all sorts of mirrors to help them see what's hidden in front of, beside, and behind their buses.

"We're putting in new remote control mirrors so it's very easy for the driver to adjust the mirror to fit their height and their driving position, but there's still that area that's immediately behind the bus that you just cannot see without actually going back and taking a look," Jones says.

Bus drivers are expected to keep kids safe, but they're not the only ones concerned about the safety of others.  Steven Preuss has special sensors on his truck.  When Steven backs up, the sensors will let him know if something is behind him long before he can see what it is.

"It's been a great feature for us to have just because we do have small children," Preuss says.  "When someone walks past, the sensor will go off as they get closer.  It'll alert you that something's back there."

During the two years he's had his Excursion, Steven's sensors have helped him out during a few close calls.

"There've been times I've gotten a little careless, and I've heard it and it's alerted me that something is back there, and it's just made me more aware of my surroundings, too," Preuss says.

Just because sensors are able to see what you can't doesn't mean you don't have to be a responsible driver.  Whether you have them or not, no matter where you are, you should always look behind you before you back up.

Sensors are available on many sport utility vehicles.  They're often part of a package deal.